Feature Upvote versus Trello

Trello roadmap alternative – Feature Upvote


Feature Upvote is a purpose-built feedback prioritisation tool.

You can use it to organise internal feedback from your team or feature requests from customers, creating a public roadmap.

Trello can be used to keep track of almost anything. But it struggles when you use it to organise and qualify feedback.

This is why:

  • Trello isn’t purpose built
  • Trello is hard to use for contributors without an account
  • Trello doesn’t work well as a prioritisation tool
  • Trello is better at helping your execute decisions rather than make them

Feature Upvote is purpose built; Trello is not

With Feature Upvote you can quickly and easily consolidate feedback in one online board with voting functionality.

The best ideas rise to the top of the board. You have valuable evidence with which to build your product roadmap.

Screenshot of the Feature Upvote board fig. 1: Our own Feature Upvote product ideas board

Feature Upvote is simple to use; Trello is not

In this example (fig. 2), the public Trello board looks lots of fun but isn’t easy for new contributors to use.

This is why they have a ‘read me’ card. Plus contributors need a Trello account. If they don’t have one, this is a real pain point.

Screenshot of a Trello board used for showing a product roadmap fig. 2: A ‘read me’ card means extra work for contributors

With Feature Upvote, contributors don’t need an account. Plus they can quickly see what they need to do.

Feature Upvote add suggestion call to action fig. 3: Feature Upvote boards make it easy for contributors to know what to do

The feedback form is simple to use but invites detail if the contributor wants to add a screenshot or image for example.

Feature Upvote add suggestion form fig. 4: Giving feedback couldn’t be easier

We then use a number of ‘under the hood’ measures to tackle any attempts at voting manipulation.

So our boards are secure but accessible.

We also give our customers the option of password-protecting their boards and using Single Sign-on (SSO).

Feature Upvote quickly prioritises feedback; Trello doesn’t

When you start using Trello to consolidate and vote on feedback, and build a product roadmap, your board will look very busy very quickly.

In this example (fig. 5), you can see that the in-built voting system of Feature Upvote means feedback for SEO tool Sitebulb is arranged by votes.

The ideas with most traction are at the top.

Tags are used to show which ideas are done, planned and so on.

The board is clear and easy to read.

Screenshot of a Feature Upvote board and a Trello board side by side fig. 5: A Feature Upvote board vs a Trello board

In contrast, the Trello board is complicated to interpret and requires considerable time and effort to curate.

Feature Upvote helps you make decisions; Trello helps you execute them

Feature Upvote is designed to make it easy for you to consolidate feedback in one place, where it can then be qualified by voting.

You can quickly see what is important to your customers and team. This helps you decide what to build. You can then tell your contributors.

Fig. 6 shows how Feature Upvote customers can use our own feedback board to see what we’re working on at the moment using the ‘planned’ filter.

Feature Upvote add suggestion form fig. 6: Our customers and team can see what we’ve agreed to work on by using the ‘planned’ filter

Trello, in contrast, is excellent at helping you complete already agreed upon tasks that don’t require prioritising. It is also a useful way to store information valuable to all your team. Here at Feature Upvote we use Trello boards for our content strategy, for our audience research and for our style guide.

Feature Upvote add suggestion form fig. 7: We use Trello for our style guide

So Trello and Feature Upvote can be used side by side, to do different tasks, by the same company. Like we do.

Ready to give Feature Upvote a try?

Getting started with Feature Upvote requires no downloads, sales calls or training. Simply sign up for our free trial and your customers (or your team) will be able to suggest and upvote improvements they’d like to see in your product within minutes.

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